April 1, 2021 at 10:00 pm

Physics Colloquium | On the Art and Science of Cycling, April 9

The Physics & Astronomy Colloquium Series presents Arend L. Schwab of Delft University of Technology, Netherlands on “On the Art and Science of Cycling” on Friday, April 9, at 4:10 p.m. at an Online Departmental Colloquium.

Abstract: Riding a bicycle is an acquired skill. At rest the system is highly unstable yet, given some forward speed, it is easy to stabilize. Over the past 150 years scores of people have been attracted to this subject, either for a dissertation, a hobby or sometimes as part of a life’s work. Unfortunately, few results agree and there is little generality on the basic features that make a bicycle stable and why some bicycles are easier to control than others.

In this talk I will focus on the dynamics and control of the bicycle after which I will address some interesting and open issues in bicycling science.

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